Normally, Cris Cyborg tends to make opponents submit to her fists. This time, she did it with a choke.
Cyborg battered Arlene Blencowe before securing a next-round submission to notch the very first defense of her Bellator featherweight title and her to start with career submission in the headliner of Bellator 249, which took location Saturday at Mohegan Sunlight Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and aired reside on CBS Sports Community.
Cyborg made the bloody Blencowe faucet at the 2:36 mark of the second round by using rear-naked choke. The submission brought a merciful conclusion to a barrage of punishment she unleashed in a classic transform.
“This is like a online video activity, and I felt completely ready,” Cyborg explained afterward. “I begun schooling hard after Julia Budd. I have to generally boost my activity.”
Cyborg enable Blencowe, a previous boxing champ, sneak in a several good punches as she closed length to clinch. When she got her fingers wrapped close to the waist, however, Blencowe was on borrowed time, and it was not extensive in advance of the challenger was on her back again.
In facet manage, Cyborg softened up Blencowe just before using mount and pounding absent. When Blencowe rolled to her knees, an endeavor to get out the back doorway was rendered moot by Cyborg’s heavy punches below her arms. Blencowe received up, and a lot more large pictures slammed into her to shut the opening frame.
The next round saw Cyborg demand forward, throwing punches and kicks in bunches. A person rough trade bloodied Blencowe’s nose, sending her backward, certainly wounded. A takedown adopted, and Cyborg immediately took mount right before cinching the fight-ending choke.
“I was really functioning difficult for my initially submission in MMA,” reported Cyborg. “This is a aspiration arrive true.”
Cyborg declined to call her shot, leaving her subsequent opponent to Bellator President Scott Coker.
Higo steamrolls Bandejas
Bandejas straight away was on the defensive as Higo shut the length to combine it up with punches. Higo still left his chin dangerously exposed in a person exchange, but it mattered tiny when shut length and took down Bandejas. On the mat, the Brazilian immediately innovative to mount and established up for a choke. The bell saved Bandejas just before he was in severe problems.
Higo wanted to attempts to slam Bandejas right after walking him across the cage on a takedown a person moment into the next. He took the again and set up for the struggle-ending choke.
Steve Mowry evokes Overeem
Slugging it out, the heavyweights traded punches with minor head movement. Mowry, though, created issues exciting with a number of lunging knees up the middle that resembled Alistair Overeem’s favored K-1 strike. Immediately after softening up Teed with small kicks and his appropriate cross, he located Teed’s jaw with a knee that developed an rapid knockdown. Teed looked like he was done, but referee Kerry Hatley known as it off immediately after a number of abide by-up strikes. The formal time of stoppage was 4:22 of Spherical 1.
The pair tested each individual other’s kicking skill in advance of a slip prompted Nallo to attempt manage in the clinch. An exchange of knees led to an errant shot from Nallo, and Awad promptly collapsed in suffering. It did not seem like he would get up, and it took a very long time in advance of he could even get to his knees.
Just after an prolonged stay on the mat, a visibly psychological Awad was not able to right himself, and the referee Kerry Hatley produced the phone to wave off the bout. Ruling Nallo’s groin shot unintentional, the bout was declared a no-contest.
Entire Bellator 249 final results:
Leandro Higo def. Ricky Bandejas by way of submission (rear-bare choke) – Round 2, 2:32
Steve Mowry def. Shawn Teed by means of TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:22
Saad Awad vs. Mandel Nallo is declared a no-contest (groin strike) – Round 1, 1:44
Da’mon Blackshear def. Mike Kimbel by means of submission (rear-bare choke) – Spherical 2, 4:14